Sad, lonely and fearful, Arnie was spotted by E., a SCARS volunteer in a gas station on the highway, about 65 kilometers from Athens, Greece. A calm, silent giant, looking at you with those huge, green eyes, but not approaching, thin, neglected and with a dermatological disease that made him scratch unstoppably.
Arnie’s rescue video:
She fell in love, photographed him and went back to Athens leaving her heart there next to him, with a promise to be back soon. And she did. And I went with her. 48 hour later we were back and we spent hours in that gas station, trying to help that giant who was asking for help, but at the same time refused to let us help him.
After catching him and putting him in the car everything was a piece of cake, because the giant is one of the most submissive and kind animals I have ever met. Arnie is a huge dog with the heart of a kind, silly baby. After taking his time and trusting people again, he turned out to be a funny, sweet boy.
He is still a young dog, and when what’s left of his puppyhood comes out from time to time and he tries to play, it’s the funniest and most adorable thing to watch. 50 kilos (maybe more) bouncing around, digging in the sand and doing ridiculously adorable happy dances around his human.
Arnie was adopted a few days ago. His new name is Barney (from Barney Bear) and he will be sharing a home (and a life) with his mum Marilli, Izmir – an adopted hunting dog and five cats (Matias, Titica, Bom Bom, Soya and Fani). He already met all seven members of his new family, and they went along perfect. The happy, funny dog, digging in the sand and running around all happy has nothing to do with the sad, lonely creature we rescued that night. Absolutely nothing.
And now I can finally say something I always wanted to say since the moment we came back from that gas station. While E. was trying to catch him, a woman approached, all noisy and suspicious, trying to convince her that we should not rescue him. “I am taking care of him, he belongs here, leave him alone” – that’s what she said. I swear. So here is an advice for all the people out there who believe that strays belong on the streets: STUPID YOU ARE, BREED YOU MUST NOT!” (Ah! What a relief!).
Arnie was rescued by SCARS – Greece. You can follow the charity’s Facebook page here. Donations are welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org)